“A lie cannot live.”
-Martin Luther King
There are kings, and then there are KINGS.
In the last couple of years, Brian Johnson, AKA ‘the Liver King’, has seen nothing short of explosive growth.
The ancestral lifestyle enthusiast–who is jacked beyond belief and refuses to wear a shirt–miraculously went from near obscurity to having over 1.7 million followers on Instagram in the last eighteen months.
At CHOQ Nation, we’re all about many of the things the Liver King endorses: natural living, male vitality, exercising, and healthy eating (though not necessarily raw liver). Some of the things he says are on point, particularly what he has to say about how messed up our culture is because it’s so out of alignment with nature.
What we’re not about, obviously, is steroids. No, we prefer more natural ways to support muscle growth and performance…ways that are non-toxic and don’t ruin your health.
In addition to being a social media influencer, the Liver King also runs a number of massively successful companies that produce fitness products and supplements. In fact, he’s admitted that he makes over $100 million per year on his various business ventures.
He claims that he prefers not to wear a shirt because it’s the ancestral way, but it’s clear that his beyond-shredded physique is a huge part of his social media success. It’s safe to say that he has hordes upon hordes of fanboys chomping at the bit to buy his desiccated animal glands and other workout products because they want to be just like the king.
His critics are not particularly impressed with his perpetually exposed pectorals, however. He’s been fighting a massive amount of controversy regarding his alleged steroid use for a while now.
The Liver King Steroids Issue Rages On
Again, the Liver King is absolutely massive…far too ripped to be steroid-free according to many of his detractors, the most famous of which is Joe Rogan. Last July, Rogan openly accused the Liver King of being on steroids during an episode of his podcast with Andrew Huberman.
On the podcast, Joe Rogan said:
“The Liver King thing drives me nuts. Because that guy’s on steroids. Just shut the f*ck up. I know he’s eating really healthy. It’s clear…he’s eating all these animal foods and organ meat, which is rich in nutrients, but he’s dodging the main bullet…do you know how rare it is to have a physique like that and not be on steroids?”
Huberman responded that, even if he’s only doing TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) and not steroids, he should just admit it.
The Liver King has flatly denied his use of steroids on a number of occasions, also claiming that he does not use any kind of performance-enhancing drugs, not even prescribed hormones. Interestingly, he’s also claimed that he does not believe in getting bloodwork done, ostensibly since our ancestors didn’t have access to medical science.
If he did admit to his use of these synthetic performance-enhancing drugs, then it would clearly conflict with pretty much everything he stands for. It would make his message of the importance of ancestral health seem empty and hollow.
In short, it would destroy his reputation–and his brand–practically overnight. So even if he were using steroids, there’s no way he could confess to it. There’s too much at stake.
He has flatly denied his use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs on dozens of occasions. On one such occasion, he was asked how he felt about Rogan’s criticisms, and his response was fascinating.
In keeping with his persona of someone who always keeps a positive mental attitude, the Liver King replied:
“I’m on cloud nine. I’ve entered his ecosystem. Joe Rogan is talking about Liver King. You know how obscure I was to most of his audience before he was talking about me…I went and ran to my wife and I told her, ‘Oh my God, can you believe this? Joe Rogan is talking about me!'”
No publicity is bad publicity, right? There are always exceptions to the rule, though.
The Liver King then went on to say that he’d love the opportunity to get on Rogan’s podcast and address the accusations directly. Up until a few days ago, when these claims of drug use were still mere speculation, that may have been possible.
Things, however, have taken a major turn for the worse for this self-proclaimed monarch…
The Liver King Lie: Leaked Email Proof of His Steroid Usage
The Liver King does seem to walk much of his talk. After all, our ancestors were mostly shirtless.
How many of them were injecting Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, however, is still a matter of debate among anthropologists.
In a video posted a couple of days ago called ‘the Liver King Lie’ (which already has over a million views), a bodybuilder named Derek who goes by ‘More Plates More Dates’ has unveiled smoking-gun evidence that the king has been lying all along about being all-natural.
In the video (embedded below), Derek shows some email correspondence between the Liver King and a bodybuilding coach. He was just about to launch his social media persona, and was reaching out to get guidance on how to get huge.
Long story short, the Liver King openly admits to being on tons of drugs, including steroids.
Here’s a list of the pharmaceuticals he admitted to taking in these emails:
- IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1) – an anabolic hormone
- CJC – a synthetic analog of GHRH (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone)
- Ibutamoren – a drug that mimics growth hormone
- Omnitrope – another drug that contains growth hormone and is used for infertility
- Testoserone Cypionate
- Deca-Durabolin (AKA Nandrolone) – a steroid
- Winstrol (AKA Stanozolol) – another steroid derived from DHT (dihydrotestosterone)
If you want to go right to the part of the video where he goes through the emails, it’s 32 minutes in.
Needless to say, the Liver Kingdom is falling apart, and probably nobody is going to feel bad for him. Let this be a lesson to other influencers: be authentic. Social media is rife with schlockmeisters and con artists. Don’t be part of the problem.
PS, want to see some insanely funny homegrown Liver King memes that we whipped up ourselves? Check out our Memes of Fire blog!
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